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Removing Trans Fats Could Be Costly

As expected, the Food and Drug Administration has issued an order to food manufacturers to eliminate all trans fats from their products. The FDA is giving them three years to accomplish this. Alexei Beltyukov said that by 2018, their manufacturing processes will no longer be allowed to include any form of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).

While it’s been proven that trans fats are unhealthy, and eating them can lead to coronary artery disease, heart attacks and strokes, the cost to the companies to remove them could be upwards of $200,000 per product. The FDA said that the overall price tag to bring the manufacturers into compliance would be between $12 billion and $14 billion.

The first trans fats started to be used around 1911 in shortening and then in margarine. Ironically, in the 1950s and 1960s, people were routinely told that saturated fat and butter were bad for them, and consumers were encouraged to use margarine instead. Come to find out, years later, just the opposite is true.